Our Image 19.0R treadmill review looks at a treadmill that’s aimed at the home exerciser wanting more for their money – does it deliver?
To be attractive to potential buyers, treadmills need to offer more and more for the money as discerning buyers raise the bar in terms of their expectations.
You’ll never get a club quality product in this price bracket, but you can expect to find some well equipped treadmills that offer an awful lot to the home exerciser wanting a machine to walk or jog on.
Priced at $799, the Image 19.0R is not cheap, so does it provide value for money?
Image 19.0R Treadmill Review – Features…
If you’re training for a marathon in the spare room, then look somewhere else!That depends on your expectations. If you’re looking for a treadmill that can cope with daily, moderate intensity workouts as part of a fitness or weight loss program, then yes.
Whilst our Image 19.0R treadmill review would suggest that this is a decent choice for walkers, it’s not suitable for serious runners.
The 2.8 THP (less than 2.0 HP continuous duty) motor, for instance will cope with little difficulty with brisk walks or gentle jogs, but will strain somewhat when you pick up some speed.
I’m a little dubious about the 10 mph max speed as the motor gets noisy and seems to be straining at higher speeds.
The one touch speed and incline controls ensure that operating the 19.0R is straightforward enough, and the 10% incline adds some extra intensity to your workout if required.
The treadbelt at 55″ x 19″ is a little short for stretching out and would struggle to contain taller users.
However, for the average exerciser it has adequate power and a sufficient walking/jogging surface.
The Precison Response cushioning on the deck is a little soft, but should ensure that your joints are protected from the impact caused by frequent use – it’s a lot more comfortable than the street!
The Image 19.0R is a pretty well built machine, sturdy enough for the price and it seems sufficiently durable to last a few years of pounding.
The 19.0R is a folding treadmill and with it’s SpaceSaver design is sufficiently compact to store in most spare corners and cupboards.
The treadmill comes with a decent backlit 7 x 10 matrix display LED console, eight pre-programmed workouts, grip pulse heart rate sensors and iFit.com compatibility.
You also get a RaceTrack progress monitor – basically, the console indicates where you are when using a preprogrammed workout – and step counter. Both useful training aids.
Whilst the build quality is OK for the price, some of the components are cheap and unlikely to last forever.
Unfortunately the warranties are poor so prepare to pay for replacements – there’s a 10 year warranty on the motor, but only 90 days on the frame, parts and labour.
Image 19.0R Treadmill Review – The Bottom Line…
Our Image 19.0R treadmill review would conclude that if brisk walks or the occasional jog are your exercises of choice, then this treadmill should do the job as well as anything else for the price.
Image treadmills do seem to have a pretty high spec when compared to much of the competition, which when allied to the build quality makes them a worthwhile proposition.
The discounts currently available on this model aren’t bad and whilst not a bargain, it’s worth considering.